Wildflower Wishes for a masculine card?

Yes, it’s possible! When I received my February 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit, I was disappointed in the bland colors. And the flowery tags and embellishment didn’t seem very useable for masculine cards. If you have followed me you know I love bright, fun colors or at least soft, but lots of color. This kit had small pieces of wildflower tags, but the rest was in Sahara Sand and I felt it didn’t do justice to the possibilities of this kit. Now, I admit it has taken me some time to play with this kit (only a year, not too bad for me-LOL). Once I got started I knew I had to add more color and to also figure out a way to use some of the kit for masculine cards.

Today I’m sharing two of my masculine card creations (“non-flowery” cards since sometimes that’s what you need). I focused on the words, not the flower tags. My first one started with a similar template I used in this post. In fact, I pulled a piece of the striped envelope as a layer. I used Soft Sky card stock, I was so sad when it retired, but I kept my stash and it works great with Sahara Sand.

I cut one of the overlays in half vertically to use along with a piece of the striped envelope from the May-2017 kit. I used my Stitched Shapes square dies to create the frame for the greeting. If you don’t have this set of dies, you need them! They add so much to simple squares, circles and ovals with the stitched detail – see them here. I stamped the “thank you” in Soft Suede ink in two steps since the stamped greeting was all on one line. I used the small vellum tag to stamp the “so much” and tucked it in under the top frame. Bows tend not to be a guy thing, but I love using them. So instead I created a knot from my retired Jute twine and frayed the ends. It was fairly quick and easy card to create.

On my second card I was determined to use the Sahara Sand card base and stick with neutral colors. But I did add a pop of color with the Not Quite Navy striped grosgrain ribbon under the tags.

This time I used the Stitched Nested Labels (another wonderful set to have!) to create the tags. (You should take a look at all the stitched dies that are now available, they add so much to a project!) I tried several combinations of browns and ended with Soft Suede and Sahara Sand. I also used a layer of Sahara Sand and a piece of retired Naturals card stock that Stampin’ Up! used to carry – yes, I have a vast stash of papers! The tag looked a little bare so I added two of the Urban Underground metallic hexagons (wish I had more of these!).

What do you think? Did I succeed in creating two masculine cards from the Wildflower Wishes Paper Pumpkin kit? I hope I’ve inspired you to pull out your unused Paper Pumpkin kits and take a fresh look! And, if you’re not a Paper Pumpkin kit subscriber, consider trying it for a month! March is our 7th anniversary and the kit includes an additional free stamp set.

Let me know what you think! Have you tried going back to your old, unused Paper Pumpkin kits to create some fun projects? Thanks for stopping by today and happy stamping!

Janice B at JB Stamper

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Coordination just got better for your crafting experience

Do you have a favorite stamp set or punch from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure or the January–June 2020 Mini Catalog? I do! Now is your chance to coordinate them with the Coordination Product Release! Specifically designed to coordinate perfectly with products from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure or the January–June 2020 Mini Catalog, these will not disappoint you.

Watch the video to see the great dies you can purchase to go with your stamp sets and the Pleased as Punch DSP.

Here’s a detailed look at those coordinating dies and their matching stamp sets. Plus, there is no limit to how many items you can order, but they are only available for a limited time or while supplies last. They are available starting February 4, so don’t delay in getting yours! I got mine this week, so I’m off to start playing with them to make some cards. I’ll share them with you soon.

Thanks for stopping by today. As always, happy stamping!

Janice B at JB Stamper

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Best laid plans?

Yup, I have those days, do you? I was supposed to submit yesterday’s card to FMS422 first thing in the morning. But I got to working on several other things and at 9:30 pm Monday night, I realized I forgot to enter it into the challenge…ah, my best laid plans went belly up! I did have a great time creating both of the cards with that template. If you missed them, see them here.

Today’s cards used more of the May-2017 Sprinkled with Love Paper Pumpkin kit. I do have to admit, this kit wasn’t one of my favorite. But I was determined to use it to make cards I loved.

First up, I created this card around the greeting on the white tag, the “icing” embellishment from the kit and enhanced it with the Stitched Shapes Squares. I added two of the retired Urban Underground metal stars and some of the kit’s twine. So simple, but it makes such a dramatic statement! I love it! What do you think?

Next card I used the pink donut, but disguised it with paper doilies cut in half with 3 halves to fill underneath it. I used the Stitched Shapes Square again, but this time a solid one that I embossed with the Subtle folder and place it on the diagonal. I pulled a tag from the old, retired “Cupcakes & Carousel” embellishment kits. I did say I was digging through my retired stash to use it up! The greeting comes from Humming Along stamp set. I popped the kit’s flower on top of a Calypso Coral scalloped circle with a Gold Faceted Gem in the center. A beautifully elegant and sweet card. What do you think?

Then I tackled the original blue round design card. I cut it apart to use the front with its design and added a Stitched Nested Labels and Stitched Shapes square with my banner greeting from Amazing Life stamp set on top. I cut a small piece of retired jute twine and frayed the ends for a more masculine flare. Again, simple card, but dramatic presentation for your favorite guy!

This last card uses the circle card base from the kit, as is. Well, not quite. I embossed the front with Falling Petals embossing folder (I think it looks like hearts and that’s how I always use it – LOL!). I cut the Calypso Coral heart, embossed it with the Subtle folder. I layered on a Lace Doily, then a heart punched from this years From My Heart DSP with one of the pink hearts from the kit. I stamped the greeting using the Paper Pumpkin stamp set.

Inside, I layered a White Tea Lace doily over the hole, then the largest Stitched Shapes circle so that you can stamp or write an inside greeting.

All the cards will fit into the Soft Suede and White striped square envelopes. My cards are cut at 4-1/4″ x 4-1/2″, so not quite square, but fit my layout a little better. So when I finished these alternative cards this weekend, I was ecstatic with my results. I hope you are too and it inspires you to try a Paper Pumpkin kit in the near future!

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy stamping and get your Paper Pumpkin kit now! March’s kit has two stamp sets in celebration of Paper Pumpkin’s 7th anniversary.

Janice B at JB Stamper

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FMS #422 – Revisit of Sprinkled with Love

I’m back into my past Paper Pumpkin kits again. I do this every January and February as I clean out my craft room and try to use the supplies I have on hand. I saw the FMS422 sketch and decided to make a card for it.

I made a blue version for the guys and a pink version for the ladies, hence 2 cards. I debated which one to submit to the FMS422 challenge and decided on this one:

And here’s my ladies’ version:

And here they are side-by-side:

I used pieces from the May-2017 Paper Pumpkin kit and in addition to some of my current, some retired Stampin’ Up! products. As usual at the first of every year, I’m trying to use up my vast stash of Stampin’ Up! products to make room for new stuff! Okay, so I’ve already ordered lots of new stuff…just trying to make room for it!

Stop by tomorrow to see some other cards I made using this Paper Pumpkin kit this past weekend. I had lots of fun doing it. I keep saying I need to make my Paper Pumpkin kits when I get them, not several years later – LOL! Some I do, but other sit here until I get an inspiration and the FMS422 this past week was my inspiration to use the May-2017 kit!

Like my cards? Want to try a Paper Pumpkin kit yourself? This March, Paper Pumpkin has reached another exciting milestone – Cheers to seven years!  To thank everyone, the Paper Pumpkin kits includes an additional FREE stamp set. This means that every kit has two stamp sets! The March 2020 kit will arrive in this exclusive, specially-designed box – don’t you just love it?! Think daffodils, raindrops, and a fresh spring vibe.

Here’s what March’s Paper Pumpkin kit includes:

  • Kit contains supplies for 12 cards and envelopes (4 cards of 3 designs)
  • Notecard size: 5″ x 3-1/2″ (12.7 x 8.9 cm)
  • Envelope size: 5-1/8″ x 3-5/8″ (13 x 9.2 cm)
  • Coordinating Colors: Balmy Blue, Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Grapefruit Grove, Gray Granite, Pear Pizzazz, Petal Pink, Shaded Spruce, and So Saffron
  • And, don’t forget, two stamp sets!

So a great time to try Paper Pumpkin yourself – order a kit to try here or a monthly subscription here (please be sure to choose me, Janice Baranowski, as your demonstrator). Be sure to purchase it by March 10 to get your March kit! Don’t miss it!

Hope you had a crafty weekend – and a day off today (Presidents Day) to craft some more! Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow!

Janice B at JB Stamper

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